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Taygan Lions Park, Skazka Zoo, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo inked animal exchange agreement

Jun 25, 2015 10:10 IST

The Taygan Lions Park and Skazka zoo in Yalta, Crimea signed an animal exchange agreement with Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram zoo. This agreement signed in the fourth week of June 2015 will allow them to exchange different animals with each other.

Features of the agreement
• In exchange for three elephants from India, the Thiruvananthapuram zoo will receive two white lions, 15 coatis, two Siberian tigers, two llamas, and five squirrel monkeys.
• The elephants will be accompanied by mahouts (handlers/keepers), as it is a requirement stipulated in the transport legislation of India.

Taygan Lions Park

Created in 2012 in Belogorsky region of Crimea on the shores of the Taygansky reservoir, Taygan is the largest nursery in Europe for various breeds of lions and other species. It is also the only one of its kind animal park in the continent.

The zoo contains more than 50 African lions and is free to roam in an area of over 30 hectares in the Crimean foothills.

Skazka zoo

Created in 1995 at Yalta, Ukraine, Skazka (fairy tale) zoo is a home of more than 700 creatures, representing over 120 species of birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians and fish. It was established by local businessman Oleg Zubkov.

Thiruvananthapuram zoo
Thiruvananthapuram zoo located in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, was established in 1857. Spread over 55 acres (22 ha) of woodland, lakes, and lawns, the zoo is one of the oldest in India and Asia. It is a home to around 75 different species of animals not only from India but also from the world.

The zoo was created by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, who ruled Travancore between 1830 and 1847 as a menagerie where royal tigers, panthers, cheetahs, deer, boar, and other wild animals were kept.

Later in 1857, the menagerie was converted into a zoo by his brother Uthram Thirunal and British Resident William Cullen, as an annex to the Napier Museum.

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